From Queen City to Owl City - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • December 03, 2012 @ 12:30pm
His first major record label debut, “Ocean Eyes” was a huge success for Young, according to the Owl City Facebook page.
Filled with whimsical melodies and blissful beats that Young conjured up alone in the basement of his parents’ home in Owatonna, “Ocean Eyes” topped the Billboard Rock, Alternative, and Dance/Electronic charts and was certified gold or platinum in nine countries, including platinum in the U.S. The album spawned the quadruple-platinum first single “Fireflies,” which was a No. 1 smash hit in 24 countries including the U.S. (where it hit the top spot twice), and sold more than four million downloads.
Not bad for your first major project.
Self-described as a “shy kid from nowhere,” this Owatonna, Minn. native has been having a “Good Time” with Carly Rae Jepsen as of late, featuring her on his latest single that debuted in June of this year on “The Midsummer Station.”
Teaming up with an army of influential songwriters and producers on the latest album, Young can add Jewel, Jay Sean, Mark Hoppus and even our favorite Carly Rae Jepsen to a growing list of collaborators.
We had a quick chat with Young about his upcoming visit to Buffalo. Take a look.
Kissmas Bash is a pretty festive show. How have you been prepping for the holiday season?
Adam Young: I’ve been eating a lot of entire gingerbread houses to prepare for the holiday season.
Any good stories from past visits to the area?
AY: Yep, that one time when I fell asleep eating Buffalo wings.
Tell us a little bit about your single “Good Time” with Carly Rae Jepsen.
AY: Our managers were good friends, I listened to some of her songs and knew she had to sing on that track. I sent her the tracks over email and she sent her part back the next day. She’s got a great spirit and I really enjoyed working with her!
What is your favorite track off of “The Midsummer Station?”
AY: I think “Dementia” might have to be my favorite track because I got to work with one of my idols, Mark Hoppus, on that song.
When was that turning point when you realized you weren’t just another kid from Minnesota and you had a chance to do something big?
AY: I still think I am that kid from Minnesota. Fortunately people caught onto my music because if I wasn’t doing this, I would probably be working at a gas station somewhere.
Biggest musical influence?
If Santa could bring you anything this year?
AY: A cat.
How do you take your Buffalo wings?
AY: Definitely hot, the hotter the better.
Favorite song to sing in the shower?
AY: Anything by Taylor Swift.
For more infotmation on Owl City coming to Buffalo for Kissmas Bash 2012, head over to the Kiss 98.5 website here.
Photo courtesy of Owl City.